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Dead Letter Drop

Narrated by: Christopher Webster
Series: Max Flynn, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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Now reissued with a brand-new introduction by Peter James, Dead Letter Drop is Peter James' first ever novel, originally published in 1981. Max Flynn, undercover agent, has the unenviable job of spying on his own side. When to kill, who to kill, whether to kill are all questions which have to be answered at great speed if he wants to stay alive.

But why does an innocuous airline ticket No. 14B matter so much? Who has gone to the trouble of committing suicide? And could Flynn's beautiful companion be a spy? The hazy, murky world of counter espionage leaves no room for errors of judgement and Flynn knows he's finished if he makes one false move.

©1981 Peter James; 2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • Kelly
  • 29-10-2016

couldn't stop listening

great book- lots of twists and turns. Once u started listening to it I couldn't stop

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  • L. E. Walsh
  • 17-03-2016

not my favourite

struggled to finish this one much prefer Roy grace but as paid for had to see it to the end

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  • caringjayne
  • 15-03-2015

Rather confusing.

Not the standard we've come to expect from the wonderful Peter James. Having said that this book is thirty years old.

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  • MikeyC
  • 21-06-2014

Not one in the Roy Grace series.

Would you try another book written by Peter James or narrated by Christopher Webster?

Bought this expecting it to be the new Roy Grace. In fact it is Peter James earlier effort to write a spy story. Disappointing.

If you’ve listened to books by Peter James before, how does this one compare?

Poor

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Narrator OK

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  • I. A. Wright
  • 07-08-2019

A promising start

All writers must start somewhere. This early novel by Peter James shows the beginner’s overenthusiastic errors that an experienced editor might have guided him away from. Some violent scenes, for example, are over-long to the point of becoming almost funny. When Jim Eldridge made a similar error, with a violent scene taking two pages, his editor told him that it was too far over the top and that he should shorten it, which he did, reducing it perhaps too far to short sentence.

The plot also showed an immaturity that James would soon overcome in his subsequent novels, making them far more enjoyable.

Many will surely find Dead Letter Drop an enjoyable read, warts and all. Others might see in it a guide for aspiring novelists in things not to do.

The narrator, too, seems to be a young novice whose voice might take some getting used to. But, all in all, he does a reasonable job.

We all start somewhere. We stumble; we learn; we improve and progress, as Peter James has done. I’m glad I read his 19th Roy Grace book first.

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  • Les P
  • 25-10-2018

Very good Thriller<br />

My first Peter James Novel and it didn't disappoint, I look forward to listening to many more.
Well written, narrated and presented.
Would recommend to fans of espionage books.